The Secret to Doable Mobile Hospitality

Do you ever have a time you would like to take a meal to someone, perhaps learning of the need at the last moment, but had to let the idea go because you didn’t have the time or maybe the ingredients available to make it happen? I have been in that situation, and I didn’t like it. There is a wonderful solution. It is meals I keep in the freezer not for our family to eat, but to take to others.

My top favorite is homemade soup. That is because often those last-minute meal needs have to do with illness, and for some reason, homemade soup is a favorite for sick ones to eat. We save large jars to have on hand so we can fill them with hot soup for delivery.

I also have one 9 by 13 foil pan in the freezer with a casserole or pot pie in it. I can take that frozen or baked and hot.

For these kinds of meals, I don’t try to add side dishes and dessert like I would if I knew several days or weeks in advance that I was taking a meal in . It is simple – just the main dish.

When those freezer meals are exhausted, I set aside time to prepare new ones.

Trusting in Jesus,

“And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed
and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things
which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?” (James 2:16)

29 thoughts on “The Secret to Doable Mobile Hospitality”

  1. What kind of casseroles do you make? I used to make lasagna to share with others in this situation, but with many people gluten free or avoiding dairy, I would like to have a new idea.

    A generous person will prosper;
    whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
    Proverbs 11:25

    1. For a gluten free casserole, we make a Mexican one. No recipe but layers of corn tortillas, pinto beans, ground beef, salsa, sour cream and cheese.

  2. May I ask, how large are the jars and do you buy them? (I’ve heard of people sometimes getting jars from stores.)

    1. Ones we like the best are 64 oz, but that’s a lot of soup if it is for just two people. But we have used that size in that situation, too, just not filling it so full and knowing the leftovers could be useful too.

  3. My Grandma told me that she keeps rotisserie chicken in the freezer, homemade chili, and then she keeps boxed pudding and canned fruit handy for a quick dessert.

    1. Sounds like she has two possible meals ready to go all the time. And if we don’t use a meal for long enough that we would be concerned about freezer burn, we can eat it and make a new meal to freeze.

  4. I haven’t delivered a meal for a quite a while. However, we are currently without a kitchen due to a major remodel and my best friend has been brining over a hot-from-the-oven dinner once per week to help with the cooking.
    It has been an enormous blessing to both her and us! She has been house-bound since Covid started due to many pre-existing and serious conditions. She was starting to feel unneeded. She is a marvelous cook and this has been such a blessing for her – making her feel needed again.

    While I have greatly appreciated and felt very blessed by her meals, she has gained so much from this! I hope others realize that sharing meals blesses both the giver and the receiver.

    Thanks for sharing these ideas!

  5. Thank you for sharing this, Teri! I do the same thing – keeping a casserole (or a few) in the freezer. The pans and lids are very inexpensive to buy in bulk at Sams. I have struggled over what to do for the gluten-free people. I do have gf recipes, but none of them are make-ahead. I will definitely try your Mexican casserole! I also need to find some soup recipes that freeze well, because I agree with you about soup being great when you’re sick. All the soups I know how to make are bad choices for the freezer (noodles, potatoes, cream-base), so I need to make finding a new recipe a priority.

    1. We make our soups without the noodles boiled in them. So we can freeze that part, and the day we want to take the soup, just boil up some noodles or take rice to go in it.

    2. Terri, thanks for the idea!

      LisaG, thanks for the tip about the pans/lids at Sam’s Club! One of my BIG frustrations with freezing meals is that foil inevitably tears on something in the freezer. These lids look wonderful.

      1. Diana, when I read Lisa’s comment, I hadn’t thought about lids for the pans protecting torn foil. Glad that was a tip, too, from Lisa.

    3. Lisa, when I looked online at the Sams disposable, aluminum pans, it seemed like you purchase the pans and lids separately. Is that how you get them or in the store do they have packages with both?

      1. I guess you store them in bags in your freezer then put them on glass jars for delivery??

        1. I don’t freeze them in bags but in sour cream and cottage cheese containers that we save, but the idea is the same. Then I can heat it and deliver it in the glass jar. But sometimes, I ask if they want to heat it from frozen themselves. That gives them the option of saving it for the next day or another day.

  6. What a great idea! I have been preparing lots of meals to take to others lately, and find myself cooking late into the night sometimes. Doing ahead and freezing makes good sense!

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